Mitch Garver's homer helps Rangers edge Mets

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Aug 29, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (44) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field.
Aug 29, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (44) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field.
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Mitch Garver homered leading off the seventh inning to snap a scoreless tie Tuesday night for the visiting Texas Rangers, who went on to beat the New York Mets 2-1.

The Rangers have won the first two games of the three-game series after losing nine of 10 prior to arriving in New York. Mark Vientos singled and homered for the Mets, who have lost seven of nine.

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Garver blasted the second pitch he saw from Drew Smith (4-5) well beyond the center field fence. He has four homers and is hitting .474 (9-for-19) in his career at Citi Field.

Garver helped build a key insurance run in the top of the ninth, when he walked with one out, went to second on Travis Jankowski's single, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Ezequiel Duran's single.

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Chris Stratton (2-1) got the final two outs of the sixth inning and emerged with the win. Brock Burke threw a one-hit seventh, and Will Smith needed just seven pitches in a perfect eighth.

Vientos homered with two outs in the ninth off Aroldis Chapman as the Mets avoided getting shut out, which nearly occurred for the 15th time this season. Chapman then closed out his fourth save by getting Danny Mendick to ground out.

Texas starter Andrew Heaney allowed five hits and walked one while striking out seven in 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Mets starter Jose Quintana gave up three hits and three walks while striking out five in six shutout innings. It was his first scoreless outing since last Sept. 23, when Quintana blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 2/3 innings while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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The Rangers got just one runner beyond first base against Quintana, a two-out double by Nathaniel Lowe in the first. Quintana induced double plays in the second and fourth innings.

The Mets got one runner beyond first base in the first five innings before chasing Heaney in the sixth, when Brandon Nimmo led off with a single and went to second on McNeil's one-out hit. Stratton entered and retired Pete Alonso on a popout to first before whiffing Francisco Alvarez.

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—Field Level Media